Carol's Quilting Adventures

25. Aug, 2020

This is my entry for the 2020 Hoffman Challenge - must use a recognisable amount of the challenge fabric (the white) fit within a 1 m square but not be either square or rectangular. The fabric was a white floral and the technique is collage. I have positioned the small rounded shapes on the face part of the head and the larger flowers on the neck. I introduces a hint of colour to the dark stripes to lift the austerity of the black. It was a fun project and I am quite happy with how my work presents with the others in the 20 selected to travel round the country

20. Aug, 2020

Momigami is a Japanese technique using crumpled paper. In fact the literal meaning is momi to crumple and gami paper. This small quilt was completed as part of the Stitch Club through Textile.org and utilises some pieces of hand dyed/printed fabric and a variety of crumpled paper and some loose burlap. the shiny wrapping paper made excellent folds and light reflection while the recycled paper in the foreground easily tore when stitched into so had to have much more dense stitching to hold it in place. the best papers to use for this type of work is paper with long fibres. It is a method that enhances my recycle/reuse attempts within my current work.

20. Aug, 2020

Shadow was an outside cat - that was until Tahi had his major surgery on his leg to correct a rugby accident. And then he moved in to keep Tahi company. Tahi had a black throw and Shadow would be almost invisible on the throw. the number of times, when I was looking after Tahi, that Shadow lept out of the folds and up the back of the couch, nearly giving me a hear attack, are too numerous to count. The funny thing is, once Tahi was better, Shadow went back to being an out door cat. this pet portrait was a challenge to me in using colour to represent the depth of black shadows in his fur

20. Aug, 2020

During our 6 week Lockdown in april 202 I joined a stitch challenge and this little quilt is the result of one of the challenges. The challenge was to use old linens and I still have hesitance in cutting into the work of a former needlewoman even though i have sourced the vintage linens to us in my art work. I find it easier to use crotchet medallions as in this piece. the background fabric is some sun dyed fabric using a stencil on top of a piece of sun dye treated batik. The bird in the front is a laminated teabag print that was coloured once applied to the fabric

23. Jun, 2020

This small quilt has marked a change in technique for me. it has come about through a challenge by Merrill Comeau of
Boston who works on very large assemblages and to reduce weight and make hand stitching on the pieces easier, she works on petticoat net. I was really impressed with mounting the teabags onto the net rather than laminating them to fabric. I could manipulate the teabags as I went. As many of you may know I like to use genuine used teabags and not soak new teabags for my work. I had wanted to do something to commemorate lockdown and this is my piece. the top centre is an actual mask - like I used when I went to get supplies and on either side of it are latex gloves - again as worn for personal protection. They are mountedas the angle of angel wings and below them I have used some angora "paper" made some time back. The wings have holes in places representing that not everyone was protected by the angle wings, some fell through the holes. The Japanese anemones are made from an old seersucker blouse encased with white organza. These were flowering at the bottom of the garden and I could see them from my kitchen window. Interestingly Anemones symbolise anticipation and white anemones stand for fragility. The leaves in this piece are actual leaves from the anemones supported and stitched through organza - black organza for the darker ones and grey organza for the lighter ones. I resisted any temptation to "tidy the edges and just trimmed the net to the level of the teabags. The teabags are scribble stitched onto the net using a variegated thread that changed colour randomly, representing the randomness of the virus not matter your creed or colour.